Physics Honours Course: The Solar System and Exoplanets

St. Xavier's College (Autonomous) - Mumbai


Course Handouts

Syllabus (PDF)

Course Schedule

Class Date
Tuesday, November 22
Introduction. Tour of the Solar System (PDF).

Tuesday, November 29
Time and Distance: Scales in the Universe. Keplerian Motion (PDF).  
Thursday, Dec 1
Temperature, Greenhouse, Habitable Zone (PDF).

Tuesday, Dec 6
Atmospheric Escape. Habitable Zone (PDF)
Thursday, Dec 8
Composition and Habitability (PDF)

Tuesday, Dec 13
Formation, Impacts & Craters (PDF)
Guest speaker: Dr. Shawn Wright, University of Pittsburgh, on Lonar Crater

Thursday, Dec 15
Formation & Impacts II (PDF)
Problem Set #1 due (Solutions, PDF)

Tuesday, Jan 10
Optics and Telescopes (PDF)
Thursday, Jan 12
Exoplanet Detections: Astrometry and Radial Velocity (PDF)
Tuesday, Jan 17
Exoplanet Detections: Transits I (PDF)

Thursday, Jan 19 Habitability of Venus
Guest lecture: Dr. Sanjay Limaye, University of Wisconsin
Tuesday, Jan 24 Exoplanets Detections: Transits and Kepler (PDF)
Thursday, Jan 26 No lecture - Republic Day  
Tuesday, Jan 31 Exoplanets: More Kepler Planets (PDF)
Problem Set #2 due (Solutions, PDF)
Thursday, Feb 2 Astrobiology (PDF)
Saturday, Feb 4 Observing Night, SXC Terrace, 7 PM - 9 PM
Thursday, Feb 9

Formation, Internals, and Differentiation (PDF)
Problem Set #3 Assigned (PDF), due Feb 25

Tuesday, Feb 14 Movie Day: Contact
Sat-Sun, Feb 25-26 Astronomy night with Khagol Mandal CANCELED

Other Reading

Rufu et al 2017. A Multiple Impact Origin for the Moon (PDF article) (PDF News & Views)

Vogt et al 2011. The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M⊕ Planet in the Habitable Zone of the Nearby M3V Star Gliese 581 (PDF)

Lubin 2010. A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight (PDF)

Anglada-Escude et al 2016. A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri (PDF)

Gillon et al 2017. Seven temperate terrestrial planets around the nearby ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 (PDF) (PDF News & Views)

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Last updated: 17 Jan 2017